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5 Minute Guide
Brian Cazeneuve
February 06, 2006
A quick primer on the host city and the issues and faces to watch for from Feb. 10 to 26
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February 06, 2006

5 Minute Guide

A quick primer on the host city and the issues and faces to watch for from Feb. 10 to 26

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ISAAC MENYOLI, Cameroon, cross-country skiing. The 33-year-old architect, who now lives in Milwaukee, finished 65th in the 1.5K sprint in Salt Lake City.

PRAWAT NAGVAJARA, Thailand, cross-country skiing. The 47-year-old professor of computer engineering at Drexel was 66th in the 1.5K sprint in 2002 but dropped out of the 30K pursuit because of cramping.

KWAME NKRUMAH-ACHEAMPONG, Ghana, Alpine skiing. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, but raised in Ghana, the 31-year-old, known as the Snow Leopard, took up the sport three years ago while working at an indoor ski center in England.

ROBEL TEKLEMARIAM, Ethiopia, cross-country skiing. The 31-year-old moved to the U.S. in 1983 when his mother took a job at the U.N. He learned to ski at a boarding school in Lake Placid, eventually earning an athletic scholarship to New Hampshire.

New Sport

In snowboardcross, packs of four boarders race down a 700-meter (.43-mile) course. Nate Holland (far left) and women's favorite Lindsey Jacobellis are among the American riders to watch.

The Ratings Game

Look for a few new faces during the record 418 hours of coverage on NBC and its sister networks, including two-time women's hockey medalist Cammi Granato, who will do color commentary for that sport, and former soccer star Julie Foudy, who will be an NBC Sports Desk reporter.

Top Speeds

BOBSLED: 88 mph
LUGE: 85 mph
SKELETON: 82 mph
SKI JUMPING: 70 mph
DOWNHILL SKIING: 50 mph
LONG-TRACK SPEEDSKATING: 38 mph
CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING: 17 mph
CURLING (velocity of the rock): 5 mph

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